Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week 2016 is just around the corner. Join the celebrations from 9-15 October for a great opportunity to explore the natural world around you and celebrate the raw natural beauty of our nation's geology.

'Our Shared Geoheritage' is the international theme for Earth Science Week 2016. This theme aims to encourage everyone to find out how geoscience is a major influence on our lives and who we are.

There are many ways you can take part:

Explore the National Fossil and Mineral Collection

Explore the world class collection of amazing specimens stored in Geoscience Australia's National Fossil and Mineral Collection. Tours will be offered:

  • Tuesday 11 October at 12.00 noon and 4.30 pm
  • Wednesday 12 October at 9.30 am and 2.30 pm
  • Thursday 13 October at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm

Bookings required via Eventbrite.

Don't worry if you can't make it in person to one of the tours. Geoscience Australia's collections can be viewed online via the Google Arts and Culture platform and through the new Google Arts and Culture mobile app on iOS and Android.

Antarctic Geoscience Education Activities

Teachers can bring geology into the classroom by undertaking some Antarctic themed education activities developed by our Geoscience Australia Education Centre.

Primary school students can get a taste of what it was like for scientists living in Antarctica with a code breaker activity. Crack the code and send messages home using the unique WYSSA code used by Antarctic scientists. Secondary students can also experience a modern take on science in Antarctica by studying an Antarctic sediment core.

Online Quiz

Test your knowledge with the Earth Science Quiz, which offers multiple choice questions in three categories: Easy, aimed at primary school students; Medium, aimed at high school students; and Hard, aimed at adults. There are two sets of questions to try in each category - and a certificate on completion!

Explore the Geoscience Australia's Education webpage for further inspiration for Earth Science Week activities.

#OzRockStocktake social media campaign

The Australian Geoscience Council is running a social media campaign to celebrate Earth Science Week. Australians are being urged to post a photo on Facebook and/or Twitter of their favourite rocks, outcrops, mountains or geological landscapes, with the hashtag #OzRockStocktake along with a short description of where the photo was taken.